Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tanner on the divine concursus

"it makes as much sense to deny there are created powers and efficacy because God brings about all that is, as to deny there is a creation because there is a creator. It makes no sense at all, for the same reason in both cases--one would be denying the existence of an effect because of the existence of a cause."

Kathryn Tanner, God and creation in Christian theology: tyrrany or empowerment? (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1988), 86. First sentence is spot on; second sentence doesn't by itself make it sufficiently clear that in the first we are talking about a "cause" unlike any other, and utterly transcendent (though Tanner does this often enough elsewhere).

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